By John L. Casti
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In his hugely provocative and grippingly readable booklet, X-Events, writer John Casti brilliantly argues that today’s complex, overly complicated societies have grown hugely liable to severe occasions that would finally topple civilization like a home of playing cards. Like Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan meets Jared Diamond’s Collapse, Casti’s ebook presents a much-needed wake-up call—sounding a desirable and scary caution approximately civilized society’s lack of ability to get over an international disaster— demonstrating how humankind should be blasted again into the Stone Age through a meteor strike, nuclear apocalypse, all over the world contagion, or any variety of unforeseeable X-Events.
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